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Virginia Tech coach says school handled potential gunman on campus well

Peddrew-Yates Residence Hall, near Dietrick Dining Center, is locked down on Thursday, August 4, 2011 on the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, Va. after three youths attending a summer camp on Virginia Tech's campus said they saw a man outside New Residence Hall East "holding what may have been a handgun," the university said.
AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Rebecca Barnett
Virginia Tech coach says school handled potential gunman on campus well
Peddrew-Yates Residence Hall, near Dietrick Dining Center, was locked down after gunman scare
AP/The Roanoke Times/Rebecca Barnett

(CBS/AP) BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech's first football practice of the preseason was delayed for an hour Thursday after reports of a gunman on campus.

No gunman was found despite a massive search of the sprawling campus. A lockdown put in effect after the initial report of the possible gunman was lifted at 2:42 p.m. local time, just more than an hour before the scheduled 4 p.m. start of practice.

Classes also were cancelled after the initial alert at 9:37 a.m.

Legendary Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer thought the school handled the situation well.

"I thought everything went pretty smooth to be honest with you," Beamer said after practice wrapped up at about 7:15 p.m. "We just moved things back an hour. The kids adapted to the deal. I thought everything went good."

New quarterback Logan Thomas agreed and said the players used the time in lockdown to their advantage. Most of the team was lifting weights when the first alert was broadcast.

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